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Lamayuru Hemis Trekking A very interesting route beginning at the famous Lamayuru monastery After Hinju near Kongskila on the 3rd day of your Trek you will enter the famous Hemis National Park till you finish your Treknear Hemis at Martselang approximately you will walk 80 km in the Hemis National Park . There you can spot many rare wild animals/birds species amongst these are the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Antelope, Tibetan Argali, Blue Sheep, Shapo, Marmot, Redfox, Tibetan Wolf, Eurassian Lynx and Tibetan Hare etc. However its very difficult to spot Snow Leopards during the Summer time. Among the birds fauna you can spot the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc. From Chilling, we cross the river by cable trolley. A different set of ponies are on the other side of the river to carry our gear. We then continue on to Markha Valley - considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Ladakh. Here you pass through several Ladakhi settlements as you walk through their fields and observe their lifestyle. Several river crossings are involved, but these are not dangerous. Crossing several more passes, through gorges and wide open pastures, we end the trek at Marsteling village.

Lamayuru to Hemis Monastery Trek (12 Days) :

Cost: 720 Euros/person for a private trek of 2-3 Pax
Cost: 620 Euros/ person for a group of 4-8 Pax
Size Of group: Min 2 & Max 8
Highest Point: Gongmarula 5150mts
Grade: Medium
Duration: 12 Days

What’s included in the price:
Transportation both ways (to the starting point and coming back from the finishing point by Jeep)
Homestay accommodation with all meals
Trekking guide
Assistant guide
Ponies or Donkies to carry the luggage
Monastery entrance fees
wildlife fees
Inner line permission where ever it’s required

Lamayuru to Hemis Monastery Trek (12 Days) :

Day 1: Leh – Lamayuru 3420m Drive on the way we will visit Basgo, Likir, Alchi and Lamayuru monasteries,

Day 2:
Lamayuru to Wanla 3-4 hrs

Day 3: Wanla – Hinju 3720m (4-5 hrs)

Day 4:
Hinju – Sumda Doksa 4430m (5-6 hrs)

Day 5: Sumda Doksa – Dung Dung Chan la base 4430m (4-5 hrs)

Day 6: Dung Dung Chan La base – Chilling 3550m (5 hrs)

Day 7: Chilling to Skiu (5-6 hours)

Day: 8 Skiu to Markha (7-8 hours)

Day: 9
Markha to Thachungtse (5-6 hours)

Day: 10 Thachungtse to Nimaling (4 hours)

Day : 11 Nimaling to Shangsumdo via Kongmarula 5200 m (7 hours)

Day: 12 Shangsumdo to Leh via Hemis (3 hours trek, 1 hour drive) On the way to Leh, it will be possible to visit some of the great monasteries of Ladakh such as Thikse, Hemis and Shey.

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Monasteries that you can cover during this Trek :

Lamayuru Gompa
Location : 125 Km from Leh
Founded in 11th century by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa

Lamayuru Monastery is situated in Ladakh, in between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain. It lies at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh town. Lamayuru Monastery belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and houses approximately 150 Buddhist monks. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines and also has a very rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. At the outset, the Lamayuru Monastery consisted of five buildings, out of which only the central one exists today. Every year the Lamayuru Gompa plays host a masked dance, which takes place on the 17th and 18th day of the 5th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. Today, the Lamayuru Monastery is served by the successive reincarnations of Skyabsje Toldan Rinpoche.

Alchi Gompa
Location 67 Kms from Leh
Founded in 1000 AD by Rinchen Zangpo1000 AD

Alchi Gompa dates back to the year 1000 AD and was built by the Translator, Rinchen Zangpo. He even made a reference about the monastery in his biographies. It is written that he brought thirty-two sculptors and wood carvers from Kashmir, for the construction of the Alchi Monastery of Leh Ladakh. The monastery is sited at a distance of approximately 67 km to the west of Leh. One can easily see an Indian touch in this monastery, especially in the way its paintings have been made. Three sacred temples, with the main one being that of Rinchen Lhakhang at Lotsa Lhakhang, make up a major part of the Alchi Gompa of Ladakh.

Likir Gompa
Location 60 Km from Leh
Founded in 9th century by Lama Duwang Chusje

The monastery is situated at a distance of approximately 62 km to the west of Leh town. Lhachen The Likkir Monastery of Leh Ladakh was founded in the later half of the 11th century, around the year 1605. It belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect, founded by Tsongkhapa. It consists of a number of shrines inside its complex. Presently, it serves as the residence of approximately 120 Buddhist monks. The monastery also has a school, in which almost thirty students study. In the 15th century, Likir Gompa came under the influence of Lodos Sangphu. A disciple of Khasdubje, he made efforts to see that the monastery flourished and prospered.

Location 70 Km from Leh
Founded in 1831 AD by Lama Tsultim Nima

The Rizong Gompa of Ladakh was founded by the great Lama Tsultim Nima in the year 1831. It belongs to the Gelukpa Order, and is situated at a distance of approximately 73 km from the Leh town. The monastery serves as the residence of approximately 40 monks. Rizdong Monastery of Leh Ladakh consists of a number of shrines inside its complex. The gompa also has quite a rich collection of the painting blocks of Lama Tsultim Nima's biography as well as a number of objects made and books composed by the first Sras Rinpoche. A nunnery, known as Chulichan (Chomoling) is located near the monastery, at a distance of approximately 2 km. Comprising of about 20 nuns, the nunnery is under the control of the governing body of Rizong Monastery only.

Hemis Monastery
Location: 46 Km
Founded in 1630 by First incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso

Hemis Monastery holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. It dates back to the year 1630 and was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Hemis Monastery is positioned inside a gorge, at a distance of approximately 47 km from Leh. Belonging to the Dugpa Order, it stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics. The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival. This festival is celebrated as a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhav. On the day of the Hemis Festival, the thangka of the monastery is displayed, with a gap of twelve years between successive displays. The Thanka is the sacred appliqué-work tapestry wrought with pearls, which depicts Guru Padmasambhava. And not to be forgotten is a sacred mask dance that is performed at the monastery every year. The dance takes place on 9th and 10th day of the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar.

Thiksey Gompa
Location Thicksey Village 20 Kms from Leh
Founnded in 1430 AD. By Spon Paldan Sherab, nephew of Sherab Zangpo

Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. Thikse Monastery of Leh Ladakh houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, is dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics. Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It has been served, for quite a long time, by the successive reincarnations of the Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche. The monastery also plays the host to Gustor ritual, organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Sacred dances also form a part of this ritual, which takes place on an annual basis.

Shey Palace & Gompa
Location : 14 Kms from Leh
Founded by King Deldan Namgyal in 17th century

Shey Gompa of Ladakh is situated on a hillock, at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of Leh town. The monastery was erected on the instructions of King Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. The main image inside the Shey Monastery is that of Buddha Shalyamuni. It is a huge image of the seated Buddha and is considered to be the biggest metal statue and the second largest Buddha statue in the Ladakh region. Copper sheets, gilded with gold, make up this amazing Buddha statue. An annual festival is also held at Shey Gompa, on the 30th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.

J05/09/09 Lamayuru - Hemis trek (12 days)
Client Name: David Bassi & Martin Walker England.
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We arranged the trek on the internet, very easy to do! Arrival in Manali and met our driver for a 3 days/2 nights journey to Leh , amazing and well wrth taking the time over. Our twelve day trek here was superb, well organized, well guided, very good equipments and superb food. I have trek for 35 yrs and have never had such good food, it was varied and very well done. Many thanks to all the guys at Dreamland !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TENIVELLA Gianluca e SANTOMAURO Patrizia | Recommends September 22, 2011
dreamland trek&tour a good friend for Trekking in Ladakh 13-days trekking from Lamayuru to Marteseland-Hemis. Stupendous trekking with breathtaking landscapes and 4 passes to cross at a max. altitude of 5200 m above sea level. Beautiful lived experience, thanks also to the professionalism, experience and support of Dreamland Trek & Tours. Our deep appreciation to the whole Dreamland team (guide Stanzin , cook Siddar and pony men) who accompanied us throughout the two-weeks trekking. from Turin (ITALY) Good for: trekking and tours
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A comfortable yet unique journey | Laura Blanco Recommends November 29, 2010
Our stay in Ladakh was a unique experience. I enjoyed the pleasant mix of culture and nature; while walking to secluded and age old Tibetan monastery’s, I often was amazed at the extraordinary scenery. For me, hiking is the best way to get acquainted with a foreign culture. This acquaintance was made even more agreeable because of the good care and reliability of Dreamland Trek & Tour. No worries during this comfortable journey, just walking, experiencing and, in the evening, enjoying a delicious meal, carefully prepared by the accompanying staff.
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Unforgettable Family Holiday Trekking with Dreamland Trek & Tour
Magali et Christophe PIRET-GERARD & Family July-Aug 2014
"Nous vous conseillons vivement l'agence "dream ladakh" qui nous ont organisé la totalité de notre voyage familial (2 parents et 4 enfants (de 15 à 22 ans) en Inde (depuis notre arrivée à l'aéroport de New Dehli avec visite de Agra Tasj Mahal et alentours en 2 jours jusqu'à notre retour à l'aéroport de New Dehli) et au Ladakh (15 jours). Ce fut un voyage extra-ordinaire! L'agence est très compétente, ouverte à toute proposition, réactive et rassurante. Avant d'entamer notre trekking Lamarayu-Chilling (1 jour de repos)-Chansumdo (11 jours), nous nous sommes acclimatés 3 jours à Leh. Les 3 jours pleins d'acclimatisation sont essentiels (Leh est à 3.500m d'altitude - prévoir granules COCA en homéopathie, somnifères pour les premières nuits et diamox si nécessaire). Les 3 premiers jours nous avons visité Leh, les monastères aux alentours et avons emprunté le 3ième jour la route la plus haute du monde (point culminant 5.600 m) en voiture (en très bon état) avec d'adorables chauffeurs. Si vous souhaitez de plus amples explications sur les monastères et le boudhisme il peut être intéressant de demander un guide spécifique pour les visites des monastères les explications des moines sur place étant laconiques. Nous avons logé à l'hôtel proposé par dream ladakh qui était très bien (bonne literie) et qui avait l'avantage d'être situé à côté de l'agence (le seul ennui c'est les chiens qui aboient pendant la nuit dans cette partie là de Leh).
Le trekking s'est très bien déroulé pour nous 6 grâce au guide et son assistante (charmants et très compétents). L'excellent cuisinier et son assistant nous ont fait de délicieux repas très sains et variés et fourni tous les jours de la bonne eau de montagne (bouillie pendant plus d'une minute pour tuer toute bactérie).
Les tentes étaient très confortables et le staff très aidant. Des petits chevaux portaient nos bagages et le matériel et étaient menés par de très gentils meneurs ladakhis. Nous avons fait l'ensemble du trekking en 11 jours mais si vous avez un peu plus de temps, nous vous conseillons de le faire en 13 jours afin d'être plus relax et de mieux répartir les heures de marche. Nous avions également demandé qu'un cheval nous accompagne, ce qui a permis à la maman qui manquait de souffle de faire les ascensions à cheval et aux enfants d'être portés lors d'une foulure ou maladie passagère. En bref, ce voyage aventureux nous a permis de voir un pays où vivent des ladakhis charmants et authentiques, ou la nature est intacte et les paysages à couper le souffle. Ce pays nous a tous émerveillé et transformé."

Important Questions :
How long does it take to get acclimatize?
Abruptly going to a height of 3500 m, one naturally feels a difference. Your body reacts and behaves differently in rarified air at high altitude. What you need to do is just take it easy and give some time to your body to adjust in to less oxygen (hypoxia) by a slow physiological process called Acclimatization. Time taken for acclimatization varies from person to person; usually you nee atleast 2-3 days in order get well acclimatized and you need to take complete rest for the 1st day even if you are feeling fine. Drink plenty of fluids at least 3-4 litres. Diet should be high in carbohydrates, less oily and predominantly vegetarian. Avoid excess of alcohol and tobacco in any form.

Why are some treks more expensive than others?
If we have to organize a trek near Leh than it's less expensive for transportation and same is for the pack horses as we have to send them to the starting point. Even after finishing the trek we have to pay for the horses for reaching Leh. That's why there are different rates for different trek routes.

Who carries the things/gears and food during the trek?
In Ladakh normally you have to trek around the height of 4000mts and the passes are around 5000mts so its very difficult to carry heavy loads at this height, that's why we provide pack horses/ponies they will carry everything, trekkers will have to carry only the pack lunch, water, camera, note book, and some delicate things which they don't want keep with the horses.

What we do with the garbage that are produced during the trek?
We are very keen to keep Ladakh clean, that's why we strictly instruct our staff to bring back all the garbages produced during the trek.

What about the temperature (maximum and minimum) during the trekking season?
The average temperatures in the trekking routes during the trekking season are as under:
May................. (Max 15*C & Min -3*C)
June................ (Max 25*C & Min 6*C)
July................. (Max 30*C & Min 10*C)
August ............ (Max 27*C & Min 8*C)
September...... (Max 15*C & Min -2*C)
October........... (Max 8*C & Min -8*C)

How we look after your health while trekking?
Our guides are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general. Our guides are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same. Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap. Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice and water whenever you can. At altitude it is natural not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drank plenty of fluids both at meals and along the trail. During summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. So always carry 2 liters of water with you.
Our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or other chronic illness it would be wise to let Dreamland Trek and Tour know of this condition prior to leaving Leh. This way your guide will understand that you have medication along with you should someone other than yourself have to administer the drugs.
Preparation for altitude during the trek is vital. Acclimatize in Leh prior to departure on your trek. Take at least 4 days doing tours or other easy to moderate physical activity prior to beginning your trek. If possible start low and go slowly for the first few days of your trek. Some routes will not allow this, so acclimatization is even more important in these cases.
Prior to your trek meet with your doctor and discuss your overall physical condition and your doctor's recommendation for high altitude medication. You may also wish to discuss treatment and medication for traveler's diarrhea as you experience new foods and bacterial environments.
With these simple ideas in mind, your trekking experience will be most enjoyable for you and other travelers along the way.

What do we do if someone is sick or injured during the trek?
During the trek our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace. And in case it hits a member of the tour then our assistant guide will immediately bring him/her down asap. He will use the ponies to ride for the sick person in the mean time he will inform us through a satellite phone (now we have satellite phone in almost every remote villages of Ladakh) and we will soon send a jeep to bring her/him to the hospital in Leh.

Rescue in Emergency:
In case if someone is critically sick or injured and requires helicopter evacuation, this can be done with the cooperation of JK Tourism Department & Indian Airforce as long as you have the insurance to cover this so it would be useful to let us know which insurance.

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